This is in regard to long term empty properties where the 'owner' or beneficiary has not applied for probate for several years. I am trying to find out if it would be possible for a Local Authority to have a policy along the lines of:
'If the property has been empty for x number of years without applying for probate then the LA will charge for the full amount unless the ‘owner’ can give sufficient reason (possibly a letter from their solicitor?) for not applying for probate in x number of years'.
I know nothing about legislation around this point, but does anyone out there know whether there is anything in the relevant legislation that would prevent Councils from having a policy like this? That is, would such a policy be illegal?
Many thanks Hilary